CHICAGO – Under a new law in effect today, Illinois schools will be required to include in their curriculum history about the contributions of LGBT people.

“As we move forward from a Pride Month marked by protests against injustice, it’s as fitting a time as ever to remind everyone that LGBT people must not be erased,” said State Senator Heather Steans, who sponsored the legislation in the Senate. “LGBT people have fought for our country, crafted enduring works of art, and produced great inventions. We need to honor their lives, their works, and their identities.”

Under the new law, Illinois public schools would be required to include the relevant curriculum in U.S. history courses.

The measure was House Bill 246, which passed the General Assembly last August.

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